NDRF mock drill in Guwahati refinery

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, March 18: A team of 1st Battalion NDRF participated in a Joint mock exercise on CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear) emergency and response at Guwahati Refinery, Noonmati to ensure effective response of fire brigade and employees working in Guwahati Refinery on Monday.

1st BN NDRF took active participation and assisted plant employees in planning & co-ordination at the initial stage. Rescuers of NDRF participated in exercise with all required response tools & equipments in the exercise.

During the exercise NDRF rescuers established command post and medical base in safety prone areas so as to monitor the situation and provide pre-hospital treatment to victims. During mock drill effective methodology and response drills were rehearsed and practiced to ensure effective speedy and safe operation with very limited equipments.

Industrial disaster response & mitigation exercises mock drills generate mass awareness in all section of society. This kind of mock drills also develops better co-ordination which is essential to respond to actual disaster situations moreover disaster response is not only the task of specialised groups; community groups, youths working personnel, NGOs, various authorities and civil administration also play an instrumental role for effective and accountable disaster management.

Approx 150 personnel including employees from the plant, NDRF, SDRF, Fire Service, Police, CISF, N F Railway, District Administration, Health Service & media participated in the joint mock drill. After the exercise a de-briefing session was done in which role of NDRF was highly appreciated by huge gathering of local public, bureaucrat’s civil administration, in successfully conducting the joint mock drill.

The exercise concluded with a note to organise more such exercise in future so that the effective response operations during CBRN emergency could be carried out to save precious human lives.

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